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's really not catching fire. a lot of defense industry lobbyists are giving republicans heat, they don't feel heat from the constituents because the constituents they think want to see real spending cuts. americans want spending cuts, they don't want political gains. >> i really do. i think when you look at the poll, americans still want smaller government and fewer services, aka spending cuts. i think this is the white house's big mistake, they're barking up the wrong tree. the only question i have, it is after all republicans, will they hang tough? in your opinion, you're closer to it, will they hang tough? >> i spent all day on capitol hill talking to house republicans privately saying what's going to happen between now and march 1st? they say the house leader has promised them privately they're not going to replace the sequester unless there are real cuts to replace the sequester, nothing else, tax reform, tinkering with the tax code, different kinds of cuts is not going to cut it because house republicans have been promised the sequester is going to happen unless it's a real solid
, the secretary of defense revealed after five months that while four americans died tragically, president obama and hillary clinton were awol and the defense department and the joint chiefs of staff were apparently unable to do anything to save our boys. tough story. we'll talk about it. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up the big story this evening. the northeast getting pounded with snow. nbc's jay gray is in boston, and that's still expected to be where the worst of it will happen. jay, governor patrick in massachusetts ordered all cars off the road at 4:00 p.m. today. does it look like people are following that order? >> reporter: hey there and good evening from boston. yeah, for the most part it looks like people are complying with that order to stay off the roadways. from our vantage point over the last couple of hours all we've seen are plows, sanding trucks and emergency officials out. that's good news. it means people are listening. they're inside their homes and trying to ride this storm out. look, this may be the hardest-hit area in this blizzard. forecasters saying we
spending on defense really collapsed and helped bring down yesterday's gdp. >> yes, it did. >> so all the liberals are saying see, we told you so, if you cut spending, you're going to ruin the economy. do you believe that? >> no, not at all. government spending is taxation. milton always said it. the government redistributes resources. you can see it really clearly. two-person world, farmer a and farmer b, if farmer b gets unemployment benefits, who do you think pays for them, farmer a? you know, government spending is taxation. the reason we have the great recession is because of the government spending, not in spite of it. >> follow-up. it would be bullish for economic growth. >> yes, it would. >> but this is the argument i get. it shows up as a negative in the gdp accounts. at least some of it. >> you're right. >> so what do you do? do you just go on ahead and cut government spending? and let the gdp accounts do what they're going to do? >> the gdp accounts will grow better doing that. that's just the direct effect of spending there. but imagine if we had 100% of gdp on government
's the only way we'll get the kind of defense cuts that we really need to get and we need to take our medicine. >> what i'm hearing is you disagree with the president and you're saying take the $85 billion now and sign on to as per the law just stop belly aching, you'll have $1.2 trillion of budget cuts over the next ten years. that's going to be law. and you're saying the president go on ahead and do it and stop belly aching. >> no, that's not what i'm saying. what i'm saying is -- it's not that i disagree with the president. it would be xwragreat if he cou come up with the solution. but that won't happen. we don't have the leverage anymore. the fact is we're probably going to go over the cliff. i think any deal that he could negotiate with the republicans would actually be worse from my point of view as a democrat than going over the cliff. because we're never going to get the kind of defense cuts that are envisioned in the sequester if you negotiate a deal with the republicans. >> senator hutch in-so thinson,s have dire consequences when we cut spending. in his book, we don't have dire cons
employs. >> this is the worst defense i have heard. this is an obama-type defense on spending cuts. next thing you want is revenues to help the post office go through. what's go pac? i'm sorry. >> it's a teachable moment as guy talked about. this is what happens when you allow the government to come in and run an industry that in treery is private. it is not. any decision the post office wants to make to become more efficient, they have to say mother may i. in this administration you see whether it's the epa that wants to continue to regulate the energy industry, trying to do more in the car industry, trying to take over the health care industry. >> can i just interject? you see the problems between government has mother may i decisions over the economy. >> it has nothing to do with the obama administration. the problems of the post office go back way before president obama existed. the reality is it's an inefficient organization that has to answer to the government to make decisions. the problem is people aren't using the post office. >> let me make a quick point. first of all it's not
to cut defense. some of them actually are willing to do that. you are, i guess. but i mean, i think that's really the issue. the reason why they constructed this is so it would hurt everybody. i don't think it's a good idea. but my whole philosophy is i don't think the deficit is our top issue. i think if you're really concerned about the deficit we should have gone over the fiscal cliff and cut the deficit that way. but if you aren't concerned about the deficit, if you think job growth is the most important thing and growth in general, then i don't think you should either cut taxes -- i don't think you should raise taxes or cut spending right now. i think you should focus just on stimulus. >> what they should do is slash across the board all these goofy departments, just really rip into them. and along with that pro-growth tax reform. especially pro-growth business tax reform. and then you'll have the kind of growth that keith is talking about that would actually solve the financial position. >> keith wants growth in general. i don't want growth in general. i want private sector growth.
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